North American Walleye Anglers
NAWA Pro Jim Bell Leads All-Star
Fishing Field After Day Two of
Kawasaki/Minn Kota "High Plains
Action Continues Tomorrow with "High Plains
Quest" Finals, "Team Challenge" and NAWA Kids
by NAWA Staff
Friday, August 13,1999 - Garrison, ND .... After two days of intense
angling competition, veteran NAWA Pro Jim Bell leads an all-star field
going into the final day of the Kawasaki/Minn Kota "High Plains Quest",
a world-class fishing event held here at Garrison's Fort Stevenson State
Bell, who captured the first ever NAWA tournament and has finished in
the money in the majority of the NAWA events, will be the first angler
to depart the dock for tomorrow's final showdown, where the top 15
finishers out of the original field will fish-off for the event's top prize.
strategy of trolling Reef Runner Ripsticks among large schools of smelt
is paying off big with his second consecutive catch of quality walleyes
for a two-day total of 46.36 pounds. Bell's Day Two basket of
walleyes weighing 22.53 lbs combined with yesterday's catch, earned
him the pole position in tomorrow's competition.
"More anglers are beginning to discover this fishing hole," Bell said
during the Day Two press conference. "To duplicate today's effort, I
figure I need at least one good pass tomorrow before it gets too
Unlike many of the anglers, Bell began the event fishing some 40 miles
from the launch site at Fort Stevenson State Park. This is only allowing
him some three and one-half hours of fishing time each day.
"I'm make some slight modifications to my lures, which is triggering the
big-fish bite," he revealed. "I know there are some guys catching good
walleyes by live-bait rigging, however, I'm still convinced that trolling
the answer to winning this event."
In second place going into Saturday's final day is Amery, WI, pro Todd
Riley, another veteran who is capable of winning the event. Riley, with
two-day catch of 42.63 lbs, is using a similar approach but not traveling
nearly as far to find fish.
"I got burned by live-bait rigging the last time we came here, " said
Riley. "I wasn't going to make that mistake again, so I've fine-tuned my
trolling techniques and went after the big fish."
In third place is 1996 Lake Sakakawea NAWA Champion Ken
Seffron of Omaha, NE. Seffron a dedicated live-bait fisherman,
weighed two consecutive catches of more than 20 lbs. His day two
catch of 20.14 lbs, combined with his first-day limit brought a two day
total of 40.16 pounds.
In general, the most productive patterns are live-bait rigging. However,
many anglers continue to rely on trolling techniques. The live-bait
anglers seem to be catching the greater numbers of fish, while trollers
reap fewer but larger walleyes.
The remaining contestants start from scratch on Day Three, the final
round of this high-stakes shootout held at Garrison's Fort Stevenson
Pro anglers surviving the cut include:
1. Jim Bell, Blaine, MN -- 46.36 lbs.
2. Todd Riley, Amery, WI -- 42.63 lbs
3. Ken Seffron, Omaha, NE -- 40.16 lbs.
4. Norb Wallock, Conover, WI -- 37.97 lbs.
5. Dan Stier, Pierre, SD -- 37.73 lbs.
6. Doug Hermanson, Mandan, ND -- 37.61 lbs.
7. Pat Foster, Little Canada, MN -- 37.50 lbs.
8. David Kraft, Bismarck, ND -- 36.38 lbs.
9. Jim Peterson, Elk River, MN. -- 34.73 lbs.
10. Earnie Brown, Warners, NY -- 33.63 lbs.
11. Lorrie Schaefer, Minot, ND -- 33.18 lbs.
12. Irvin Kraus, Powell, WY -- 33.03 lbs
13. Mike Pehiso, Bismarck, ND -- 32.20 lbs
14. Sheldon Meidinger, Bismarch, ND -- 31.57 lbs
15. Gil Mollet, Jefferson, ND -- 31.04 lbs
Amateur anglers competing in tomorrows competition include:
1. Troy Child, Dillon, MT -- 42.86 lbs.
2. Shawn Schaff, Dickinson, ND -- 40.58 lbs.
3. Erwin Marson, Brandon, SD -- 39.80 lbs
4. Roger Schumann, Glenburn, ND -- 38.82 lbs.
5. Greg Schoneck, Minot, ND -- 37.23 lbs.
6. Ken Olson, Roseville, MN -- 36.74 lbs
7. Gene LaMere, Amery, WI -- 35.12 lbs
8. Dave Noble, Loveland, CO -- 32.89 lbs
9. Edwin Parks, Jr., Webberville, MI -- 32.83 lbs
10. Chuck Dube, Brooklyn Park, MN -- 31.88 lbs.
11. George Heiser, Finley, ND -- 31.68 lbs
12. Tom Krabbenhoff, Kindred, ND -- 30.59 lbs
13. Frank Christenson, Blomkest, Mn -- 30.44 lbs.
14. Al Olson, Britt, IA -- 30.00 lbs.
15. Dan Galbincea III, Cortland, OH -- 29.33 lbs.
East Syracuse, NY pro John Weston and his amateur partner Dana
Delp of Lansing, MI, captured the $500 Day Two "LaCrosse Lunker"
Award for their 9.46 lb walleye.
The top Pro prize, valued at nearly $30,000 includes a new Lund 1800
Pro-V Tournament Series boat, 150 horsepower XR6 Mercury motor
and trailer. Amateur anglers will be fishing for a top prize of a new Lund
1700 Angler SS boat, 90 horsepower Mercury motor and trailer valued
The competition resume at 7 a.m. tomorrow at Fort Stevenson State
Park. Weigh-in activities get underway at 3:00 p.m.
The 15 professional and amateur contestants qualifying for Saturday's
Day Three finals will depart the launch site just minutes ahead of those
participating in the Kawasaki/Minn Kota "Team Challenge", a two-day
team competition that begins Saturday, also at Garrison's Fort
Stevenson State Park.